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Posted Friday 7 March 2014
Two Kingston University students have joined the cast in the new series of Channel 4's hit show Gogglebox, a reality show that ventures into people's houses and captures their reactions to the week's television. Joe Teulon, 19, and Josh Townsend,20, will appear on the new series from Friday 7 March.
"I didn't realise how many people watch Gogglebox," Joe said. "I discovered it by chance, I had no idea how big it is." Explaining how he and Josh will be represented on prime time TV Joe said: "Sometimes we come across as typical uni students and sometimes we are really, really, really geeky about things; sat in my room wearing comic book t-shirts surrounded by Spiderman posters on my wall."...
Posted Thursday 6 March 2014
Kingston University journalism students received an insight in to how to carry out the perfect interview recently when award-winning broadcast and print journalist Samira Ahmed gave a talk to budding reporters.
The former Channel 4 News presenter, who currently fronts the BBC Newswatch programme and writes for the Big Issue, is a visiting professor for the University. She has been divulging the secrets of her successful career in journalism to students for the past three years. In her latest lecture, she turned the spotlight on interviewing skills - giving students her top do's and don'ts and guiding them through how to get the most out of an interview....
Kingston businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, student survey shows
Posted Thursday 6 March 2014
A study by Kingston Business School students has found a majority of local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency, and that most are confident about their trading prospects for the next three years.
The Kingston Pound will go on trial in the Royal Borough later this year in an effort to boost the local economy. Brixton, Bristol and Totnes are just some of the places which have already converted to using a local currency alongside Sterling, while people in Hackney are in the process of creating their own version. There are also local currency networks in Europe and the USA....
Posted Monday 3 March 2014
Three Kingston University Law School graduates have been appointed to the position of Queen's Counsel (QC). The Royal appointment is only awarded to approximately 100 people each year for outstanding work in the field.
Law LLB(Hons) Graduates Felicity Gerry QC, Charles Hale QC and Leslie Thomas QC are eminent barristers specialising in different areas of law. As QCs, they will be entitled to wear silk robes in court, and it is from this tradition that QCs are often called ‘silks'. The appointments are made by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, following consideration by the independent Queen's Counsel Selection Panel....
Posted Friday 28 February 2014
Kingston University has scooped an award at the Guardian University Awards 2014 for its work in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion. The University picked up the HR Diversity Initiative award, fending off strong competition from shortlisted Keele University and the University of Sheffield.
The Guardian University Awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding innovation, creativity and impact of UK universities in delivering world-class teaching, research and engagement. Kingston won for its project that embeds equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in its new Academic Progression and Promotion process.
The Awards judging panel headed by David Ruebain (Equality Challenge Unit) said: "Diversity is important to the higher education sector for many reasons, not least in that Britain seeks to aspire to, and in many respects attains, excellence in higher education. The winner of this category took a very granulated approach to thinking about the issue and looking to bring together a range of different identities to really address historic areas of chronic under representation and disadvantage."
The HR Diversity Initiative award was collected on behalf of Kingston University by Nona, the EDI team and Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg.
Nona said: "We are so pleased to be recognised for this initiative as it represents our approach to embedding EDI in ‘mainstream' university work. We love using quantitative and qualitative data, research and our understanding of the HE environment to bring EDI to life for people. The award and the fact Julius was there to support us has already given the EDI team fresh energy. We are excited about our other projects which we hope will also be recognised as examples of excellence in higher education."
Find out more about equality, diversity and inclusion at Kingston University.
Posted Wednesday 26 February 2014
The Kingston University, London - International Study Centre (KULISC) has moved to its permanent home at Kingston Hill campus. The Stable Block, historically home to Kingston Law School, has been completely revamped to accommodate the Centre and Kingston Hill campus' new reception.
KULISC is a joint partnership with leading international education provider Study Group, offering a range of courses specifically for international students to prepare them for degree programmes at Kingston University.
Now in its fifth year, KULISC has successfully guided more than 200 students through a variety of courses, with the first cohort of students from the International Foundation Year presently nearing the completion of their Kingston degree course.
The new Centre is equipped with six learning spaces, state-of-the-art facilities, a common room, staff room and offices, offering its students and staff an aesthetically pleasing and conducive learning environment.
The head of the Centre, Vernon Dando described the development as: "a clear demonstration of the strength of the partnership between the University and Study Group" providing an "enviable environment for KULISC students to study".
KULISC students, graduates, staff and colleagues from around the university attended the launch event. Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg and Study Group's James Pitman officially opened the new Centre with the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate the event.
Find out more about becoming an international student at Kingston University.
Fine art graduate Nick Lord unveils painting of Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel in British Library following Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year win
Posted Monday 24 February 2014
A portrait of Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel painted by Kingston University fine art graduate Nick Lord has been unveiled in the British Library.
The 25 year old secured the chance to paint a portrait of Mrs Mantel, who coincidentally holds an honorary degree from Kingston, after seeing off 1,800 rivals to scoop the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year award in late 2013. His finished work is the only portrait of a living author on public display in the library and will become part of its permanent art collection....
Kingston University graduate Sarah Woolner scoops BAFTA award for short animation Sleeping With The Fishes
Posted Wednesday 19 February 2014
A Kingston University creative writing and drama graduate is celebrating after scooping a prestigious BAFTA award. Screenwriter Sarah Woolner was part of a team that carried off the British short animation award for the film Sleeping with the Fishes, which she made with producer James Walker and director Yousif Al-Khalifa. The romantic comedy, set to music composed by fellow Kingston graduate Matt Kelly, tells the story of a woman who lives a lonely life as a fishmonger, more at ease with her fish than her customers, until the day a delivery man who looks like a rainbow trout turns up.
The 30 year old, who graduated from Kingston University with first class honours in creative writing and drama in 2006, said the BAFTA had been entirely unexpected. "There was a delayed reaction from all of us when the winner was announced but we were totally elated," she said. "We didn't think too much about our chances of winning because it was such an honour to even be nominated and the two other entries we were up against were great animations. I'm really on cloud nine."...